Major shock to EPS...Is this former ADMK MLA, probed in Kodanad case, going to join DMK?

Former ADMK MLA Arukutty will most likely join the DMK on Wednesday - August 24 in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President MK Stalin. Arukutty is a notable leader of ADMK in the Kongu region, western belt, where DMK has been assaying to build a strong base by breaking ADMK's citadel. Arukutty's switchover to DMK is expected to serve the party's objective in the west.

According to reports, Chief Minister MK Stalin will be participating in an event in Pollachi, Coimbatore in the evening hours of Wednesday and during the event, several leaders from various parties would join the DMK and Arukutty would be among them. Arukutty served as ADMK's MLA two times in 2011 and in 2016 from the Kavundampalayam constituency and in recent times, he has been a critic of the current leadership in the ADMK. 

When both the top leaders of ADMK Edappadi Palaniswami (EPS) and O Panneerselvam (OPS) tussled for unitary leadership, Arukutty urged both EPS and OPS to quit their respective posts. He said that the fight between EPS and OPS over the leadership is not fair. He said, "Both OPS and EPS must resign from the party. They should pave the way for new faces. The ADMK cadres will elect their leader. It is fair that someone is elected as the party's General Secretary instead of OPS and EPS. It is not good to form factions when the party has been facing setbacks." 

Notably, Arukutty was also probed by the authorities in the Kodanad heist and murder case. The incident happened in 2017 and it was reported that one of the accused Kanagaraj, who later died, was working with Arukutty as his driver. Arukutty was summoned more than once and was interrogated by the probing team. His inquiry shocked the ADMK as the case was revived after the change of power in the state.

Arukutty wasn't awarded a ticket in the 2021 assembly polls and in the wake of recent events within the party, he has decided to part ways with the ADMK and join the DMK. It has been reported that he will bring a slew of his supporters from ADMK to DMK upon his joining on Wednesday in the presence of MK Stalin. For ADMK, it was a big wicket and for DMK, it was a big prospect to revive the base in western Tamil Nadu. 

The reports say that Tamil Nadu Minister and senior DMK leader Senthil Balaji, who is in charge of the party's works in Coimbatore, has played a vital role in bringing Arukutty to the party. It was Balaji's campaign and strategy that helped the DMK to win the local body polls in the western districts. He has been actively working to develop the party in this region and as part of his campaign, he is all set to bring Arukutty to the DMK from the rival land and the party.